As a moderator at Cake, I wanted to share a few updates.

Out damn Spam. For those who suffered through the spam deluge over New Year’s, I am thrilled to say that whatever tech magic sorcery that @kevin did a few months ago has eliminated 99% of it. To those who spot the occasional spam and report it—almost instantaneously in some cases—your help is much appreciated. 👏👏👏👏

It’s not all about the Pandemic. A month ago, it felt like almost every new conversation was on the coronavirus. This was completely understandable and a positive thing that users felt comfortable sharing their thoughts and new information on the daily surprises and updates. At the same time, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the news coverage so it’s nice to see that we have some alternative conversations for those who need a respite. Example, from new user @machaves,

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Upcoming SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW this weekend. Many moons ago on another forum, I did interviews with up and coming artists in the Entertainment industry (writers, directors, producers). I have a live interview with audience Q&A this weekend. My guest is both a comedian and political scientist so plan to submit some good questions on the worlds of comedy or politics—or the intersection of the two. 😉

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Over on Cake’s sister site, ADVRider. For those who like machines with two wheels 🏍 , @Chris will be chatting Live next week with the CEO of Zero. Updated date and time info can be found here.

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Some of the Best Comments I’ve read in April. I know you don’t read all the conversations on Cake, so just this once I’ll share what you’ve been missing.

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“I've recently fallen in love with Ramen. It's taken over as my favorite food and I recently found an amazing documentary on Hulu called Ramenheads. If you have never had the pleasure of eating the noodles, drinking the broth, then allow me to open your eyes to the wonders of this amazing meal.” (From @itipmyhattoyou)

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“Can you explain to me why people find joy in collecting watches? I received a wooden band watch several years ago and the artistic value was lost on me.”

“Like this one? There's something organic, almost natural looking, about it. Combination of wood - a frail & perishable material used to create a time measuring device - is in and of itself thought stimulating, and it's artistically sculpted shapes delicious!” (From @Dracula)


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“Can someone explain in non-tech speak what the advantages of 6G is and whether I need to upgrade my phone to take advantage of it?”

“Imagine that wifi routers and clients are people standing in a room talking to each other. Every client is friends with one particular router and only wants to talk to that router, and that router only wants to talk to its clients.

“A small room with lots of routers will quickly become so noisy that the routers and clients have trouble understanding each other, because other routers and clients keep drowning them out with their own conversations.

“One way to fix this is to make the room larger! Then the routers and clients can spread out more and their conversations won't interfere as much.

“The new spectrum the FCC is making available, which will be used for 6GHz wifi, is like a really, really big room. Maybe even as big as a baseball stadium or something similarly large. It means that lots more routers and clients can be talking to each other at the same time in more or less the same area without drowning each other out.” (From @yaypie)

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“I think fluent is one of those words that doesn't necessarily mean what people think it means. People tend to think of it meaning you are able to speak about and understand anything in a language without help. And if that were the definition, nobody would truly be fluent because there are so many words no one can know all of them. So where do you draw the line? English has something like 170,000 words and the average English speaker knows more like 20,000 if I remember correctly.

“But the definition of fluent is actually just to be able to express yourself easily and articulately. So if you can express yourself in a conversational manner and you can do it easily, does that make you fluent? I think fluency is a personal thing. Everyone has their own standard. In a hypothetical situation, say two people have identical ability in a language. That subset of vocabulary may be more than enough for one person, given the interests and conversations they have while it's insufficient for the other. People often called me fluent (pera pera) in Japan, but I was really only fluent in the limited range of things I talked to people about every day. I would have been completely lost if the topic shifted to anything related to government, for example. There were a lot of things I knew I couldn't talk about, so I didn't consider myself fluent. But I heard someone suggest that when you get to the point that circumlocution becomes normal and easy for you, you could call yourself fluent. Everybody has lexical gaps, but if you can talk your way around them they don't really matter. (From @wgoodey)


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“My friends on the iPhone team said Steve made them crazy with his passion for perfection and design, insisting the screen be glass and the back be one piece. I’ve heard similar tales about Elon from my friends at Tesla. At the last minute, Steve included the mapping application on the original iPhone that I had loved so much on Magic devices:

“It wasn’t until iPhone 2 that Steve agreed to a development environment, and that’s when things really took off because creative people built great apps that Apple and Google could never have imagined. Who predicted ride sharing back then?

“We couldn’t solve all the technical issues back then but the people who were there went on to change the world.” (From @Chris)